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Volume 005
Subdivision Subdivision 10 / High Command and General Staff
Part 2
Section 10.15 (Calvocoressi note)
Title Note on the Inclusion in the Indictment of the German High Command and General Staff
Pages 2
Pages Supplemental None
Date Not dated
Language English
Author Peter Calvocoressi, Wing Commander
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Halder; Koller; Kesselring; Warlimont; Guderian; Streve
Other Dates 4 February 1938
Abstract This document is a procedural memo concerning the prosecution of high-ranking Nazi and German military officers, and proposes a strategy of informal interrogation by which the prosecution might obtain the evidence to demonstrate that these office-holders did, in fact, constitute a functioning group responsible for the planning and conduct of the war. This approach is necessary because the German General Staff did not have a formal, defined existence. It did, however, have a de facto existence, to which those who participated in its meetings can attest. This document is a typewritten original on adequate, slightly browning paper.
Keywords German High Command; General Staff; Indictment; Interrogation; Prosecution strategy; Criminal conspiracy